Top Montreal Grand Prix highlights -The biggest event in Canadian motorsport took over the city streets, its race track and hearts once more this past weekend, in an octane fueled week-long event. As once again, the world’s motor racing elite arrived in town – and much like it was back in 1978 at the inaugural race on what is now circuit Gilles Villeneuve; it would be a weekend dominated by the Scuderia Ferrari.
As always, Montreal had a touch of class, sending former World Champion and local lad, Jacques Villeneuve, around the track for a lap in the moments leading up to the start of the race, in his father’s Ferrari. Gilles Villeneuve led that red and white beast to victory and cemented his name – literally – into the roads of the now famous track.
Montreal’s other native son and only Canadian currently driving in the championship, Lance Stroll, enjoyed a much less glorious and surprisingly more brief time in the sun, as an early error caused to lose control of the rear of his car, ever so slightly, yet just enough to rub wheels with rookie Brendon Hartley – sending the New Zealander careening into the wall, slamming hard into its cement, and going on a sideways voyage to destination scrapheap, taking the broken Williams of Stroll along with him for the ride. Perhaps the most vicious crash of the young season, earned a collective groan from the many fans as the action played and replayed on the giant screens situated around the grandstands. Stroll, who had his best race here at home in his first go around last year, was out of the race on his first lap.
Defending champion, Lewis Hamilton, also had a difficult weekend – seemingly struggling to find grip from practice to qualification and into the race. Despite putting in a valiant effort, and putting up a strong fight with the Red Bull racing duo, he wasn’t able to find his feet on the podium and had to settle for a fifth place finish.
His teammate, Valtteri Bottas, enjoyed a solid weekend and kept the two two surging Red Bull’s in his rearview mirror for the entirety of the action – bring his Silver Arrow home for a second place finish. Max Verstappen, who stormed into a final lap in qualification to displace Hamilton, was equally impressive on race day, but couldn’t find his way around Bottas. His teammate, Daniel Ricciardo drove well and fund himself defending hard against a surging Lewis Hamilton but kept the Britton at bay to finish fourth.
The story of the weekend though, was the dominance of Sebastian Vettel – who arrived at the paddocks on race day morning on his bicycle, visibly focused as he rode passed autograph seekers and photographers. Taking that same focus into the race where he and his Ferrari galloped out of the gate and blazed a trail of glory for the entire seventy lap race. Nobody else was even close to the man on the day.
With Vettel winning, he now takes lead of the drivers standings by a single point over Lewis Hamilton, again adding a little drama to what has been a back-and-forth seesaw battle this season – much like last.
Photos and article By: Kieron Yates – firstname.lastname@example.org